After these first eight years of Cimarron Winter, I’m so honored to see our model grow and evolve. At our origin, we envisioned ourselves as a “lifestyle business” (does anyone say that anymore?), but we’ve grown, into that and so much more.
I was recently asked to describe what makes a beautiful business. What an interesting question. At Cimarron Winter, we have created a unique and successful business that truly resonates with our teammates, customers, and families. We are a flat organization that works in pairs, trios, and full teams and we organize around the work.
In the past few years we've launched sites everywhere in the world. All over Europe. Korea, Japan, and India. Mexico, Brazil. UAE, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand. The strategy for how to do this involves some key activities that can be aligned under the familiar People, Process, and Technology categories.
SXSW Interactive is our annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for a brain re-boot of all things emerging tech. This is where we go to be part of a massively parallel process of learning, collaborating, observing, and ideating with digital people of all types during an intense 6 day period of collective consciousness. This year our list includes a healthy focus on the following: MedTech, Personal Health, Wearables, InsurTech, FinTech, IoT, IIoT, Smart Cities Technology and Projects. More to come!
Content Management Systems (CMS) are now, more than ever, a critical software centerpiece in the digital business ecosystem. Many companies have come to realize that the systems they are using today do not meet their needs at all.
Today I was struck, once again, by one of those concepts that continually seems to reemerge: the dependence we place on trust in our business relationships. Because businesses are made up of humans. So, when there is trust, things happen. But when trust is missing, only two outcomes are possible: Either nothing gets done, or broken relationships are circumvented in favor of new ones.
In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of web platforms. Over just a few years, new tools have sprung up, stable platforms have transformed their offerings, and large firms have gobbled up innovative startups. It’s enough to make your head spin.